THIS year’s Christmas market has put the Zonta Club of Bendigo in good stead to produce the next batch of birthing kits for mothers and their babies in developing countries.
The club has yet to finalise its fundraising tally but said it collected about $3500 on Saturday.
Zonta Bendigo aims to produce 2000 birthing kits in 2019, and is seeking to raise $6000 to that end.
The annual Christmas market is the club’s major fundraiser for the kits, which help to create a clean birth to reduce infection-related deaths.
Club member Lyn McNamara said there was a lot of custom through the doors of The Bendigo Club on Saturday.
“We had a really constant morning and a lot of happy shoppers,” she said.
“I would say it’s been on par, if not a little bit better this year… The public has really supported us well.”
Ann-Maree Reid’s Doterra stall sold out of one of its Christmas-inspired essential oils, as well as a number of other items in the festive catalogue.
“Lots of different people have come around looking for Christmas presents,” Ms Reid said.
“I’ve been talking non-stop.”
Saturday’s Christmas market was the first she had been involved in with Zonta Bendigo.
“I’ve been told over the years it’s been a fantastic event,” Ms Reid said.
She was pleased to support a great cause.
“It is estimated that for every 11 birthing kits distributed, a mother or baby’s life is saved,” Zonta Bendigo president Ann Horrocks said ahead of the event.
“Zonta Bendigo’s annual production of 2000 kits could save over 180 lives”.
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